Assistive Technology (AT) Lab
Assistive Technology is software, hardware, and/or strategies designed to help students succeed with his or her academic endeavors. We are located on the main floor of the Library in room 2318.
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What we have available in our lab:
Three computers with scanners, on adjustable height tables loaded with the following software.
- Read & Write Gold
- J.A.W.S. -- Screen Reader
- Dragon Naturally Speaking -- Speech Recognition, STT
- Inspiration -- Executive Function support, Visual and Organizational
- ZoomText -- Screen Magnifier
- Learning Ally -- Daisy Reader
As well as CCTV, Ergonomic Keyboards, Alternative Mice, Keyboards with Large Letters and Dragon Certified Headsets for dictation.
Types of Assistive Technology
- Screen Reader or Text-to-Speech (TTS) a software application that interprets what is being displayed on the screen (headings, text, hyperlinks and accessible photos), then presents it to the user with text-to-speech.
- Speech Recognition or Speech-to-Text (STT) translates spoken words into text. It is also known as "automatic speech recognition", "speech to text", or just "STT" Used to dictate text or control a computer.
- Executive Function Support Software Assists with Organizational Tasks, Time Management, Planning and Mind Mapping, Visual Learning and Thinking
- Screen Magnifier Software application that visually magnifies everything on a computer screen.
- Daisy Reader Software or Hardware used for listing to daisy formatted books. Used for students with Visual Impairment or Learning Disabilities.